LibriVox recording of Return of the Soldier, by Rebecca West. Read by Elizabeth Klett.
In 1916 on an isolated country estate just outside London, Captain Chris Baldry, a shell-shocked captain suffering from amnesia, makes a bittersweet homecoming to the three women who have helped shape his life. Will the devoted wife he can no longer recollect, the favorite cousin he remembers only as a childhood friend, and the poor innkeeper's daughter he once courted leave Chris to languish in a safe, dreamy past--or will they help him recover his memory so that he can return to the front? The answer is revealed through a heart-wrenching, unexpected sacrifice. (Summary from Wikipedia).
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June 7, 2011 Subject:
Sad and Haunting story
This is a short story but it hits you hard. I just did not know what to think of the end. There is both joy and sorrow in it mixed together. The narration is top notch and perhaps makes the story even more moving because it is so well done. One thing that I was not sure of and maybe someone else who has read this can enlighten me, but did you get the idea that Jenny was in love with Chris too?
Elizabeth Klett is a marvelous reader, one of the LibriVox'ers who could be a professional reader. Her voice during the Librivox disclaimer and chapter headings is a standard American accent, but when she narrates the book, told from the perspective of Chris's cousin Jenny, her voice transforms into a beautiful upper-class English accent. She brings this narration alive with the skill of an actor, making Jenny a distinct and deep character. I couldn't imagine any other recording of this book, at any price.
August 5, 2010 Subject:
Poignant and Different Love Story
This was certainly a different kind of love story, very touching, made even more so by the excellent reader.
July 24, 2009 Subject:
Challenging subject that is well worth the time
This is a short book - six chapters and well less than 3 hours in length - but it packs a punch. I was struck by the descriptions - Rebecca West uses words beautifully to paint pictures - of the pond, of the furniture, of the characters (both in appearance and personality). The book is narrated by Jenny, Chris' cousin, and Elizabeth Klett does an excellent job of breathing (reading) life into her.